war-dialing

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Reference to the 1983 movie WarGames, which featured the practice.

Verb[edit]

war-dialing

  1. present participle of war-dial

Noun[edit]

war-dialing ‎(uncountable)

  1. The practice of having a computer dial large numbers of telephone numbers in search of devices that can be exploited, such as fax machines or modems.
  2. A similar practice in other address spaces, such as IP addresses.